The Utah Jazz are coming off an encouraging campaign that saw them get eliminated from the playoff picture on the last day of the regular season. The front office has put together an intriguing roster full of young talent. However, it appears that the team will have to deal with a setback to begin the year.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward has suffered a dislocated finger on his left hand and is out indefinitely, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
There’s no knowledge to the severity of the injury or how long it will keep him out for this upcoming season. This is a huge blow to the franchise as Hayward has been the face of the organization since Deron Williams departed in 2011. His absence creates a huge void that will be difficult to fill given his offensive role as the key cog.
The 26-year-old averaged a career-high 19.7 points in 80 starts last year and has been their leading scorer over the last three straight seasons. This will immediately thrust a bigger offensive responsibility on Rodney Hood and Derrick Favors to carry. More importantly, the Jazz just need to stay afloat until Hayward returns from his injury.